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EARTHEN VESSELS

urth'-'-n, (cheres, yetser; ostrakinos): These vessels were heat-resisting and were used for cooking and for boiling clothes (Lev 6:28; 11:33; 14:5,50). They were probably non-porous and took the place of the kidri or ma'ajin used in Syria today. A traveler in the interior of Israel may still meet with the hospitality showed to David (2 Sam 17:28). The generous natives brought not only gifts of food but the necessary vessels in which to cook it. An earthen vessel was used to preserve a land deed (Jer 32:14).
Figurative: In Jer 19:1 breaking of an earthen vessel was symbolical of the destruction of Jerusalem. These vessels were also used to symbolize the commonness (Lam 4:2) and frailness of our bodies (2 Cor 4:7).
See POTTERY.
James A. Patch
Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'earthen vessels'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". bible-history.com - ISBE; 1915.

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